A motor scooter rider who was left with life-changing injuries after being hit by a motorist has won a compensation settlement worth £5.5 million.
David Ireland, now 21, was riding down a lane near his home when the accident happened in 2006. A car hit him head-on, knocking him off his scooter. He was left with a fractured skull, a serious brain injury and damage to his lungs. He now suffers from epilepsy and will require care for the rest of his life.
The driver’s insurance company accepted that the driver should bear most of the blame for the accident. However, the insurers alleged that Mr Ireland had been wearing an ill-fitting helmet and argued that the damages should be reduced by one third because his injuries were partly attributable to his own negligence. It was also suggested that Mr Ireland had not been paying proper attention.
Mr Ireland’s family and the driver’s insurers eventually agreed a settlement whereby Mr Ireland will receive damages on the basis that the driver was 95 per cent liable for the accident. The settlement, worth £5.5 million, has been approved by the High Court. The money will help pay for the accommodation, equipment and day-to-day care that Mr Ireland needs as a result of his injuries.